Patrick Roberts: This is why I came back to Celtic
By James Black
Celtic winger Patrick Roberts is delighted with his side’s 3-0 win over Anderlecht in the Champions League – and admits nights like that were the reason he returned to Celtic on loan.
The 20-year-old is in his second loan spell in Glasgow and scored the Scottish champions’ second goal in last night’s win.
Goals from Leigh Griffiths and Scott Sinclair either side of Roberts’ strike helped the Hoops to their first Champions League group stage win in four years.
Roberts felt Celtic dealt with their opponents well but believes they can get even better.
“I thought we controlled the game really well,” Roberts said as quoted by the official Celtic website.
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“We weren’t as clinical as we could be but in the end it sets the bar of how we can score goals anyway.
“Once we got into our game and played the way we play, it was a nice flowing game of football and we showed why we’re a top team and why we should be competing in these competitions.
“This is why I came here, these are the nights I want to play in and I know I’ve got to produce as well. It wasn’t my best performance but to score and, most importantly to win, is a great feeling.”
Celtic struggled in the early stages of the game against Anderlecht before Griffith’s opening goal just before half-time settled Brendan Rodgers’ sides nerves before Roberts and Sinclair rounded off the win after the break.
The Bhoys sit level on points with Bayern Munich in Group B and face a double header against the now managerless German champions in their next Champions League fixture as they aim for third place and a spot in the Europa League.
With Bayern and Paris Saint-Germain expected to go through to the knockout phase, it looks like a straight fight between the Hoops and Anderlecht for third place and last night’s win will be a huge boost to Celtic’s chances.